Monday, April 29, we drove south on 197 from The Dalles to Dufur, OR. This is a beautiful drive winding through hills that are farmed with crops and orchards, except for the very steepest parts. It's strange for us to see wheat on a mountainside instead of on a flat 80 or larger Kansas field. Mount Hood in the distance was a sight to behold!
Back home in Pratt, we've been part of a food co op that delivers bulk and organic food once a month form Oregon. We were less than a half hour from Azure Standard's greenhouse and orchards, so we went for a personal tour of part of their operation. This location is the original homestead and office. The warehouse is up and around the next ridge, probably 2 hours away. David Selzer himself showed us the dormant cherry and apple production lines (because they're not in season yet). He showed Shannon the wood gas contraption that is used to heat the greenhouse. Then we entered the steamy warm growing area. Cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes are the main crops produced inside. All along the front were various tropical plants one of the sons was experimenting with. Very neat to see what a papaya, mango, avocado, pineapple, banana, starfruit, fig etc. grows like!
|sign at the drive|
David gave us a biology lesson on soil and living microbes that are essential to healthy plants. He even dug some dirt for us to sniff and see the worms & bugs his handful contained.
|green papayas on the tree|
|vining cucumbers and 1 exotic fruit on the right|
|a worker picking tomatoes|
|tomato plants producing for their 3rd year|
|moist soil sample|
|one last view of Mount Hood|
|the rolling farmed fields|
This mural was on the side of the Salvation Army Thrift Store :)
|The Dalles Dam|
|John Day Dam|